A new media art project explores cultural tensions in Amsterdam as part of Mediamatic's Noord exhibition.

The rise of locative media offers further indication that identity and location offer numerous meditations on cultural tensions. This is the zeitgeist inspiring a group artists exploring North Amsterdam, a transitional area traditionally filled with artists and a multi-cultural population.

Contemporary art and new media institute Mediamatic has invited us (Golfstromen) and 21 other Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Dutch artists and designers to explore the North of Amsterdam. We spent this summer mapping the borough’s visible and invisible locations, people and data flows, and research its history and future. Our collective work has resulted in an exhibition and gives rise to the first Arabic travel guide to The Netherlands. We created the strategy game Gentrification Battlefield.

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